Picture grasslands carpeted with wildflowers, the cool shade of creek side cottonwoods, the play of sun and clouds across the foothills, the smell of a pine forest after a thunderstorm, rock formations stretching to the sky, and hillsides covered in fall colors. These are examples of the natural beauty to be found within our City's Open Space areas.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services cares for approximately 1,200 acres of diverse open space. Abundant opportunities for recreation and observing nature are preserved for your enjoyment today and for future generations tomorrow.
Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles
The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services department is proudly partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in order to promote environmental stewardship and safeguard the natural, cultural, and historical resources that make Colorado Springs such a fantastic place to live and visit. Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles to help keep our parks, trails, and open spaces healthy and sustainable. Learn more at lnt.org
|Plan ahead and prepare. A little preparation goes a long way! Checking the forecast, planning your route, and reviewing the Rules and Regulations will help prepare you for your adventure.|
|Travel on durable surfaces. Stay on designated trails to minimize soil erosion and preserve natural features. Muddy trails? Hike right through them! And please respect Natural Preservation Area closures.|
|Dispose of waste properly. Please Pack Out all trash items, including bagged dog waste, or place it into trash cans before leaving the park. This keeps our parks looking (and smelling) bea-UTE-iful!|
|Leave what you find. From flowers to frog eggs, our parks are full of fascinating features! Remember to take pictures of these fun finds and leave them where they are for other park users to discover.|
|Be careful with fire. Sparks and grassy meadows don’t mix. Fires, grilling, and smoking are prohibited at our parks. Help us protect the Park from wildfires.|
|Respect wildlife. Our parks provides essential habitat for a variety of animals. Please observe all wildlife from safe distances and never feed them.|
|Be considerate of others. Practice recreational empathy! Enhance the experience of other park visitors by sharing the trail. Cyclists should always ride in control. And everyone yields to equestrians.|
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